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And the winner is…

posted on February 22nd, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Whether you’re throwing a party or accepting an invitation, make your night as dazzling as Hollywood itself with our famous party platters, sweet treats and handpicked wines and beers. Come in and pick up everything you could need, we've got you covered. Platters: Sushi Cheese Bakery: Cakes Cakepops Cupcakes Snacks: Bristol Farms handmade guacamole in our deli Bristol Farms corn chips Bristol Farms mixed nuts Champagne: Fuchs Vidal Reserva Cava             $13.99 Joseph Perrier Cuvee Royale      $29.99 Heidsieck Monopole Brut             $34.99 Taittinger La Francaise                   $39.99 Decorations and paper goods: Paper plates, napkins, cups Gift bags Champagne tote bags Candles and confetti Ceramic party plates and cupcake stands   Read More

Free Download: Valentine’s Day Cards

posted on February 14th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Happy Valentine's Day! Today is a day to express your love by telling someone how much they mean to you. That's why we've made two free food-inspired downloadable Valentine's Day cards. Just click, print, fold, and sign. Click to download "You Make My Heart Beet" or "We Make A Cute Pear" Read More

2017 Valentine’s Day Gifts

posted on February 13th, 2017 by Lauren Murphy

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Do you have all your gifts and goodies yet? We have everything you could need to throw a festive Valentine’s Day party, gifts for loved ones, and candy for your sweet friends. Sugarfina Candies Stone Candles Design Design paperware and cards Meri Meri bakeware and decorations Read More

Rethinking Caviar

posted on December 28th, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

Get creative with caviar! You can choose to serve caviar the traditional way, or you can buy caviar at different price points and have fun creating interesting appetizers to highlight the unique taste. Avocado & Caviar Toast Slice and toast bread of your choice. In a separate bowl lightly mash avocado slices, lemon, salt, and pepper. Spread avocado mixture on top of your toast evenly, but not too smooth. Finish with the caviar you enjoy most (or add a variety of for different colors and textures). Make these bite-size by using sliced baguettes instead. Philadelphia Potato Poppers Boil mini potatoes until soft. With a small spoon hollow out the middle of the potato and fill with a small scoop of cream cheese. Top with smoked salmon and caviar. Fruit & Nut Yogurt Dip Slice pears and apples and arrange them on a plate with various nuts. Add a small bowl of yogurt and top with caviar, but don't mix it together. Treat it like a dip and let your guests scoop into… Read More

New Year’s Champagne – Drinking The Stars

posted on December 28th, 2016 by Geoff Nicoll

Benedictine Monk Dom Pierre Pérignon, credited for the invention of Champagne, was more precisely responsible for the marketing of this discovery. His startling revelation prompted the famous quote, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars.” What he had realized, was that the natural gasses that were created during the fermentation process actually incorporate into the liquid when trapped behind a sealed closure. A wonderful discovery indeed, but hardly that of the famous devotee of the Order of St. Benedict. The process was already being utilized mid-16th Century as documented by Benedictine Monks, also in a Monastery, but about a century prior to his revelation.  And it wasn’t sparkling wine that Dom Pérignon was nurturing; the Champagne he was producing was actually a red table wine. The sparkling white common today likely originated as Blanquette de Limoux, from the Southern French region known as the Languedoc. True Champagne comes from a series of villages located about… Read More

Holiday Bourbon Cherries

posted on December 22nd, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

A jar of these cherries makes a wonderful holiday gift. They are a delicious addition to any festive cocktail and are wonderful served over a bowl of vanilla ice cream! 4 cups fresh Chilean cherries, left whole with stems intact one cinnamon stick per jar 1 1/2 -2 cups Bourbon ½ cup genuine maple syrup Zest of one orange, peeled into long, curling strips Tightly pack your little gift jars with cherries and a cinnamon stick. Set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine bourbon, maple syrup and zest of one orange. Bring to a simmer and stir to integrate the ingredients. Pour hot bourbon mixture into each jar fully submerging the cherries. (If you find yourself in need of a little extra liquid, heat a little extra bourbon to top it off.) Cover each jar and keep it on the counter for 24 hours at room temp allowing the cherries to cure. Transfer jars to the refrigerator until use. The flavors will only deepen over time. Keep refrigerated and use within 1 month Read More

Comice Pears For the Holidays

posted on December 12th, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

Pears are the quintessential holiday fruit, and we get ours from Duckwall Fruit, a 100-year-old, family-owned company in Hood River, Oregon, a region known for its amazing pears. Comice pears are juicy, sweet, and have a smooth, creamy texture that’s perfect for eating out of hand or creating your favorite holiday recipe. Our Comice pears are beautiful with festive red and green colors. Six pears come wrapped in gold foil and green tissue paper in a box and make a delicious holiday gift! Read More

The Dalmore Highland Single Malt Scotch Bottle Engraving Events

posted on December 5th, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

Please join us at our Newport Beach and Beverly Hills locations for a special Bottle Engraving event sponsored by The Dalmore Highland Single Malt Scotch! Sunday, Dec 11th from 1pm-4pm Newport Beach Sunday, Dec 18th from 1pm-4pm Beverly Hills Michael Pinkerton, a Whisky Specialist and Brand Ambassador from The Dalmore, will be at each event to answer all of your questions and help you select the perfect bottle of Whisky for your lucky recipient. Then take your bottle over to be engraved by hand with a personal message of your choice, at no additional cost. Single Malt Scotch makes a great Holiday gift for co-workers, friends or family and your engraved message on your bottle of The Dalmore will add a beautiful and personal touch to your special gift.   The Dalmore is a highly respected Single Malt Scotch producer, having recently won the prestigious Highland Single Malt of the Year award from Whisky Advocate last year. In 1839, Alexander Matheson searched… Read More

Green for the Holidays

posted on December 2nd, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

All of our holiday greenery comes from Continental Floral Greens, a West Coast purveyor of sustainable and gorgeous greens. Their Western greens are grown in the wild, just as Mother Nature intended, and they take great care of the land and resources so they can harvest beautiful greens now and for generations to come. They are part of the water recycling program in California, certified MPS-A for all western greens, and operate with minimal usage of non-toxic fertilizers. Sustainable home décor available in our floral department Poinsettias $7.99 each Our gorgeous velvety poinsettias are grown on a small California family farms that's been producing them sustainably for 50 years. 24” Noble Fir Wreath$19.99 each Harvested from the slopes of Mount St. Helens, this wreath is the perfect way to welcome friends and family. Farmhouse Holiday Swag $9.99 each Give your front door some holiday swagger with this impressive alternative to a traditional wreath. Blue Noble… Read More

Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes

posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Lauren Murphy

Bristol Farms offers fresh uncooked turkeys or cooked turkeys for Thanksgiving ordering. If you choose to go with a fresh turkey this year, here are a few cooking tips and recipes to help make your Thanksgiving easier and tastier! Turkey Cooking Tips: Set your oven to 325°F. We recommend using a meat thermometer. Be sure the thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the breast, not touching the bone. Cook to an internal temperature of 180° F. Approximate Cooking Times: Stuffed Turkey 8-12 lbs: 3 - 4 hours 12-16 lbs: 4 - 5 hours 16-20 lbs: 5 - 5 1/2 hours 20-24 lbs: 5 1/2 - 6 hours Unstuffed Turkey 8-12 lbs: 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours 12-16 lbs: 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 hours 16-20 lbs: 4 1/2 - 5 hours 20-24 lbs: 5 - 5 1/2 hours Recipes: Holiday Turkey Brine Ingredients: - 1 package Bristol Farms Dry Brine Mix (available during the holidays) - 1 quart water - 1 box of 2 bags Reynolds Turkey Roasting Bags - 1 16-24lb Turkey (thawed) - 1 gallon Apple Cider… Read More

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